The upcoming Antoine Fuqua-helmed WOLF BOYS, based on the non-fiction book by Dan Slater, has found its writer in Sheldon Turner. TriStar previously secured the rights to the book, which was published earlier this month by Simon & Schuster.
In Slater’s original book, he details the story of Gabriel Cardona, a high school athlete who has it all — charisma, looks, a bright future — and his younger friend Bart, who wind up working for the Zetas, a drug cartel with roots in the Mexican military. They boost cars, smuggle drugs, and find themselves drawn in deeper and deeper. Meanwhile, Slater also covers Mexican-born Robert Garcia and his pursuit of the boys and the cartel for which they work.
The book touches on aspects of poverty, identity, and government ignorance, and how these various aspects can lead to situations like this. Fuqua, whose newest film The Magnificent Seven opens tomorrow, has been attached to the adaptation for some time.
Previously, Turner has written The Longest Yard, Up in the Air, and the story of X-Men: First Class. He also has several other projects in development, including Mallory and Sniper Elite.
He is repped by CAA.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.